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In Loving Memory Of

Steve Matijevic


Stjepan “Steve” Matijevic, resident of Spirit River, AB, formerly of Rycroft, AB, passed away on Monday, June 19, 2017, at the Central Peace Health Complex, at the age of 93 years.

Steve was born on December 23, 1923 in Kljuc, Bosnia to Ivan and Boja Matijevic. Steve met his future wife Milka “Millie” Pozega in Rome, Italy after WWII. They were married at the Vatican on November 9, 1949 and remained so for more than 67 years, until her passing.

Steve and Millie left Italy for Chile in 1950. Their daughter Maria was born in Chile later that year. Steve and Millie left Chile in 1957 and moved to the Peace River area, settling in Rycroft shortly afterwards. Their son John was born in Spirit River in 1959.

Steve worked in Rycroft delivering milk from 1958 to 1962. Steve and Millie started farming in 1963. They built their home on the farm that year and remained there until moving to the Pleasant View Lodge in 2012. Steve started with Alberta Environment in 1967 and stayed until he retired in 1988.

Steve passed away quietly at the Central Peace Health Complex on June 19th. He will be sadly missed by his children: Maria Matijevic of Calgary and John Matijevich of Spirit River; grandson Travis Matijevich (Tamara) of Calgary; granddaughter in-law Shantel Merritt; and great-grandchildren: Tanner and Shanelle Merritt of Lethbridge; as well as his many friends. He is also survived by three sisters in Croatia: Manda, Kaja and Maria.

Steve was predeceased by his wife Milka, parents Ivan and Boja, six siblings who died in infancy, and his grandson Tylor Matijevich (Shantel) of Rycroft.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 11:00am, at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Rycroft with interment at the Old Mission Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

  • Steve Matijevic
  • Steve Matijevic

In Loving Memory of

Steve Matijevic


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Funeral Service Details

Mass of Christian Burial
Saturday, June 24, 2017
11:00 AM
St. Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Church

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Old Mission Cemetery
Following the Service

Spirit River, AB
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